2013-09-19 / Sports

Renovation, changes for Newberry course

NEWBERRY – The Newberry Country Club has a new owner, management, and big plans.

According to Lance Byms, new clubhouse owner, one of the first items on his to-do list is the construction of a new clubhouse.

“We’re really excited,” said Byrns. “We’re going to redo the existing clubhouse (built in the 1960s). It’ll be an 8,000-square-foot clubhouse with a sports bar and dining area.”

Byrns, from Houston, Texas, said he envisions an all-encompassing clubhouse.

“We think it will be a great place for the community for all types of events,” he explained. “People can hold meetings, reunions, rehearsal dinners and even weddings. The dining area is going to be separate from the bar and can double as a conference room. It will be something that can appeal to those who don’t want to be around alcohol – a completely separate facility.”

Construction of the new clubhouse is scheduled to start the second week of October.

“When we re-open in the spring the clubhouse will be complete, and from that point forward it will be a year-round facility,” Byrns explained. “In winter we’ll have cross-country ski trails and open a couple of hills to sledding. It also will be a great place for snowmobilers to have a place to rest and eat.”

In addition to the clubhouse construction, Byms also brought in new management – Newberry High School alumnus Dan Moulton. Moulton will serve as assistant pro golfer and clubhouse manager.

“Right now I’m overseeing the final days of the clubhouse before we shut it down,” Moulton said.

He graduated from Davenport University with a degree in business management and a minor in marketing.

“I’m definitely excited to return to my hometown,” Moulton explained. “It’s been 10 years. To come back and help run the club where I grew up, playing all my junior and high school golf – it’ll be a good adventure for sure.”

New membership plans, new greens fees and new equipment are some upcoming changes, Moulton noted.

“He’s (Byms) definitely going to be positive for our community,” Moulton said. “And so is our new clubhouse.”

A head pro golfer is yet to be named.

Byms said he also plans to redo several holes, making the course tougher, in hopes of possibly hosting a sanctioned golf event in the future.

Byrns connection to the area comes via his wife, Michelle Whiski, who grew up in the McMillan area.

“It feels like this was meant to happen,” explained Byrns.

Club members are being asked to remove all possessions from the clubhouse before Sept. 30, to facilitate the construction process.

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